Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Rufous-headed Robin (Larvivora ruficeps)


French: Rossignol à tête rousse German: Rotkopfnachtigall Spanish: Ruiseñor cabecirrojo

Larvivora ruficeps

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1907,

Tai Pai Shan, Qinling Mountains, China




Very local in C China (S Shaanxi S to N Sichuan, mainly at Jiuzhaigou National Park); non-breeding uncertain, recorded in S Malay Peninsula (Cameron and Genting Highlands) and Cambodia (Phnom Penh)#R.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 18 g. Male has rufous-chestnut crown, ear-coverts and nape; black from lores and mid-eye to neck side and across upper breast, enclosing broad white chin and throat;... read more


Song a series of well-spaced, powerful, rich phrases, e.g. “ti cho chuk’uk’uk ti tch-wr’rr’rr ti... read more


Breeds in temperate mixed coniferous and deciduous forest and deciduous scrub, particularly with... read more

Food and feeding

Earthworm and plant fragments found in one stomach; no other information on diet. Forages in part on ground; male once seen to feed on area... read more


May–Aug. One nest 0·5 m up in mossy fork in small tree. No other information.


Recorded in China mid-May to Aug, indicating potentially extensive time spent in other, unknown... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Previously considered Vulnerable. CMS Appendix II. Restricted-range species: present in Central Sichuan Mountains EBA. Global population placed at 2500–10,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Rufous-headed Robin (Larvivora ruficeps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 8 December 2019).